Farmers lament scarcity of cassava stems



Cassava stems on sale

Farmers in Enugu State on Wednesday lamented the acute scarcity and high cost of cassava stems for this year’s cultivation.

The farmers in Enugu that the scarcity had become a source of concern to cassava farmers in the state.

A big-time cassava farmer, Mr Onyekwere Ikem, said that getting cassava stems for cultivation had never been a problem before now.

Ikem said that before now, all one had to do was ask a friend or neighbour for some stems to cultivate.

“The stems are hardly sold in the market because people are always ready to provide it for whoever cares to have it.

“However, because of its scarcity, people have started to hoard it and will rather prefer to sell it in the market than give it out due to its high price,’’ Ikem said.

Mr Obiora Ugwu, another cassava farmer, said he had gone from house to house, and from farmer to farmer in his…

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